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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4. Sue Townsend Sue Townsend is the author of The Queen and I and The Adrian Mole books. She lives in. Adrian Mole's first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother Home>; YOUNG ADULT FICTION>; Social Themes>; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 - Paperback Enlarge Book Cover . The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 is the first book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series. Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾
The Objective Review: From an objective point of view, The Secret Diary of Ad 1 dead star. As he goes through puberty, he must struggle with conflicting emotions, parent troubles, pimples, and first love. I would have preferred the diary to be on a more interesting character and lifestyle but that is just my personal preference. The mundane, everyday updates could provide many points for the reader to relate to.
Adrian is, quite frankly, an ungrateful, arrogant kid, but in the underlying messages, you can tell he does have an understanding of love. The things his family goes through would be pretty tough for a teenager who also has his own internal problems.
I did not like him very much, as some of the things he said were pretty insulting. Teenage boys will probably find traits they can relate to, but, as I am a girl, I did not find any. He had one of the more interesting stories but he was not a main focus of the novel. The plot was not very well done. I understand that it is meant to have a very natural, raw feel to it, being a diary of a teenage boy, but I felt that it was very random and disjointed.
The events had no order to them, which I find really annoying as I like things to be organized. There was no climax, even in the background themes. It was a sequence of mundane events with no big event to tie everything together. The ending was so abrupt, I thought the author just wrote the whole book series at once, and told the publisher to chop it wherever they needed to make them into perfectly identical books.
There was also very minimal character development.
Adrian has the same personality at the end as he has at the start. The writing style was also very jerky. I just did not like it. I have always been a fan of the fluent, lyrical, poetic prose, so this amateurish, jerky writing was not to my taste. In the visual department, the cover is very boring. The formatting of the text inside the book is rather squashed together as most old books are.
I assume they represent certain events in the story. But as I was clearly out of the target demographic, I did not like this book very much.
Actually, not at all. The Subjective Review: I regret choosing this for Literature Circles. If anyone asks, it was forced on me.
See my status updates for my emotions while reading. Multiple Choice Question: Is Adrian Mole: He is in fact, answer E: I don't know where to start explaining this horrible excuse for a fourteen year old.
He calls himself an intellectual, yet his poems sound like "he ate a dictionary and started vomiting up words at random. Today I am going to tell you the meaning of life. It's not perfect, and it's damn hard. If you wanted the easy way out, you should have been born dead instead.
Living is hard. Do we all understand that? Yeah, I bet that back then it was as popular as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But today? A snowflake's chance on the sun. Now, moving onto plot since the supporting characters were so uninteresting I don't seem to be detecting a plot anywhere within these pages. Oh dear. Well to sum it up, he made New Years resolutions, he measured his 'thing', read indecent magazines, hid the phone bill, his parents split up, his dog went missing, he caters for this old guy who ends up in hospital then gets married, falls in love with Pandora, goes to Derbyshire, and shaves.
Not in that order. I also do not understand how it ended. Just couldn't end at the end of couldn't you? You just had to throw in three months of and cut it off in the most random place possible?
For Lit Circles, we had do this Narrative summary thing where you use that story mountain to identify the parts of the story. When we got up to the part where we were supposed to write the climax, there was a collective silence.
All rising action that shouldn't be called rising action because it doesn't build up to anything! The writing is so jerky, the book should be a piece of beef. Again with the analytical approach: But for the reader who happens to HATE poorly written books?
What I really don't understand is why the book is written about a boring, ordinary guy who has nothing happening in his life. From the impersonal approach, I can see the author tried to appeal to the ordinary teenager back in the 80's. But aren't books fiction for a reason? Don't you write and read them to experience the things that would never happen in your own life?
In my opinion, a diary should be from the point of view of a person who has had something memorable happen in their life. Like say, Anne Frank? I am seriously considering stabbing this book like Harry Potter stabbed Tom Riddle's diary. I don't care that it's school property. Give me a Basilisk fang, phone charger, umbrella, plastic spork, I'm not fussed, and I'll stab it and relish in the way the ink bleeds off the pages into oblivion.
No, seriously. I need that Basilisk fang. View all 15 comments. Well, he Leicester had me from the very start.
My favorite quote? His obliviousness and the usual teen self-absorption, while amusing, brings back memories of my own 13th year, when I locked myself in my room after school every day, wrote book reviews, and cried about my hard, hard life as the pampered daughter who never lifted a finger about the house. And like the overly sensitive Adrian, I would have died if Darryl had ever known.
I read Adrian Mole first when I was his age, but before my interest in the opposite sex was sited.
It left enough impression to resurface. The secondhand paperbacks in original English are literally leafing loose from overreading in my late twenties. What do older readers get out of him? A hilarious reminder that we were all once this young and stupid, coupled with the relief that we came through.
The first book remains - together with its direct sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole - the I read Adrian Mole first when I was his age, but before my interest in the opposite sex was sited. The diary covers the period January through to beginning of April Therefore Adrian was not 13 throughout the story false advertising?
Also the country is in a recession it seems which may have reflected the time period I was born during the time period so can't remember it but have been told that it was a recession.
Adrian Mole is funny because of his "woe is me" attitude to everything that happens to him. He is an intellectual too self-classified. He also has an innocence, particularly at the beginning of the book, to what goes on around him that leads to some more funny moments.
All in all I think this book has already proved itself what with its many millions of sales. If I were to say it were rubbish then it wouldn't matter, but I liked it and thoroughly recommend it to people after a laugh.
Apr 05, Morris rated it it was ok Shelves: While it made me laugh out loud on occasion, this book was just not for me. His situation is not a good one, but I get the feeling he would be just as annoying even in the perfect home.
I suppose the humor is just not my style. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. Jan 09, Milica rated it really liked it. Pisana je za Dominikov izazov u Delfi kutku. Apr 17, Oda Renate rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this today for school yeay english lit class.
I defently see why its so highly praised.
A very,very,very funny book, that is hands down one of my new top humor books. And lucky for me there are lots of other books in the series out: I wanted to read something different from my usual reads so my friend Smitha recommended this book to me. When she mentioned that this book is written like a diary, the usual picture of a bubbly girl writing a diary came to my mind but it was Adrian Mole and I haven't read my books with male diary writers so this was the main reason I picked this book.
He considers himself and the readers intellectuals so hi I wanted to read something different from my usual reads so my friend Smitha recommended this book to me. He considers himself and the readers intellectuals so his sarcasm and sallies towards the dumber characters in the book was probably my favorite part.
In this book, his parents break up but soon after, them make up again, Mole gets sick and has trouble in school but overall the book maintains light and funny circumstances.
Really liked it and looking forward to read the following books in the series. Overall, 4. Nov 04, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Adrian Mole starts the new year with a huge spot on his chin.
Sue Townsend's famous tale of a teenager read by Nicholas Barnes. View all 3 comments. Nov 25, Ryan Williams rated it it was amazing. Mole seemed an unlikely success from the start.
After years of hardscrabble living, single parenting, poverty, and naff writers' groups, Townsend submitted a monologue to BBC radio about a boy called Nigel Mole.
A suit named John Tydeman liked the piece and helped get it on the radio; a torrent of book offers followed after the first few broadcasts. After being sent to Methuen in instalments, the book was published with a modest print run of 7, copies.
The book stayed on the British bestseller lists for over 12 months. The book that finally knocked it off the top spot was its sequel. Townsend became the best selling British author of the 80s, and a franchise was born. Gushing with patriotic fervour at the Royal Wedding Charles and Diana , the endless coverage soon bores Mole to tears.
When the Falklands War starts Mole's Father flies into a panic-stricken fit, believing the Falklands are off the coast of Scotland. When his son puts him straight, he shrugs and goes back to bed.
I envy readers who didn't live through the times chronicled in the novel. Few books give you such a sense of total immediacy - the illusion of living in a different time, in real time. Realism - and a very low-key, deflating Midlands wit - are crucial to the effect.
Mole's obsessions girls, spots, mates, parents, money and the lack of it, spots never ring false and nor does his voice. Some readers assumed 'Sue Townsend' was a pseudonym: I doubt many teenagers read it without squirming. He understands every word Malcolm Muggeridge says on a TV programme, and thinks this makes him an intellectual.
He writes poetry but only of the 'Roses are red, violets are blue, why do nice girls hate me? Fame, fortune and vengeance against everyone who has ever wronged him will surely arrive some day. Though entirely talentless, he strives on, never giving up, and never shedding his essential decency. I hope it isn't just provincial underdogs who feel a begrudging sense of respect for the character.
It may be her 'chest wobbling everywhere' that gets his attention, but it's clear he's more in love with bedding a girl higher up the social ladder than the girl herself. Snobbery is a democratic disease, afflicting Brits of all classes - something not emphasised much nowadays. Mole's diaries couldn't prompt such thoughts if they didn't immerse you so thoroughly in the ordeal of growing up.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
That is why all should read them. RIP Sue Townsend. So much for the National Health Service. I will get a paper-round and go private.
Snort If I was the loneliest person in the world I wouldn't phone up our school. Still available to dial on ! It is the first day of spring. The council have chopped all the elms down in Elm Tree Avenue. Yes, I made the same assumption first read Epiphany is something to do with the three wise men.
Big Deal! P Reading this again brought back some of my younger teenage memories Then there is punk, disco, cassettes, conkering, spots, the poor dogs, parenting, Good Samaritans, first crush and crappy school dinners. It's an amusing trip down memory lane but I'm sure I found Adrian much funnier as a teen.
I'm looking forward to connecting with Adrian Mole's older self in subsequent diaries. Aug 01, Beth Bonini rated it really liked it Shelves: Poor old Adrian: This book is very, very English; I think that I had just enough knowledge of the culture after 24 years of being with a British man to pretty much "get" it.
It also helps that I was more or less the same age as Adrian in the early s. I don't know if I love it enough to follow the entire series, but I've had Adrian Mole: By the way, my edition has a great foreword from David Walliams -- definitely worth a read, if you are the sort of person to skip that kind of thing. Jul 03, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Absolutely formative for my being. I've read it so many times the edition whose cover is an homage to "Catcher in the Rye" my original copy is worn.
It's actually the 3rd copy as two I loaned out were never returned. I still remember sitting in Freshman College Bound English with Madame Gouldy and looking over to see Jonathan Reinke chuckling quietly over the paperback he was trying to hide under his desk. I asked him what it was and he showed me.
Luckily, I was able to get my own copy soon Absolutely formative for my being. Luckily, I was able to get my own copy soon and absolutely fell in love with Adrian. Most of the sequels are just as good especially the Cappuccino Years , but it could be just because Sue Townsend writes for my generation, though she is not quite of it.
I had a chance to meet her when I was working at BPL but couldn't because of work. I wanted desperately to meet her as I envisioned her as the mother of what I occasionaly felt as my literary husband, dork though he was.
May 09, Jana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Adrian, how is it that we've only just met? You're hilarious.
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I laughed so frequently that my husband took you from my possession as soon as I was finished and started reading as well.
I hope he agrees with me that it is dead brill. I am ever so pleased that there are a total of 8 Adrian Mole diaries to enjoy. Thank you Jen! This little copy traveled home with me from London and I can't think of a better souvenir.
The author also has Adrian, how is it that we've only just met? Looking forward to that one this summer. Jul 13, Marco Esteves rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 30, elisabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Adrian really is quite relatable, with his tendency to jump to conclusions, overanalyse and make a catastrophe of everything, and I really can't help but laugh at at least half of the decisions he makes sending his poetry to the BBC?!
I also love the shortness of each of the diary entries and how quickly you " I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever. I also love the shortness of each of the diary entries and how quickly you can devour it - I read this pretty much in one sitting!
I highly recommend this as a bit of a pick-me-up, I'm really considering reading the sequels as well! Aug 29, Simon Taylor rated it really liked it. On the surface, Adrian lives an entertaining life, caught up in the dramas of the day-to-day: We can relate to his experiences, both trials and triumphs, and easily engage with the titular calendar.
Sue Townsend does a brilliant job of regressing to her teenage years to remember the intimacies of the most awkward age group. For the adult reader, though, Adrian Mole represents more than daft fun.
While his peers will share in his bewilderment, Townsend cleverly gives just enough clues to her more mature audience to piece the jigsaw together and read between the lines. This takes the series from being disposable fun to a shrewd, carefully considered archive of public feeling. Apr 25, Mohsen.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
Oct 11, Beatrix rated it really liked it Shelves: I was around 13 years of age when I first read this novel, so I only had a couple of vague recollections about it.
But I definitely remembered that I liked it, so I re-read it, and I still like it a lot, for many reasons. First of all, I like it because this novel is really laugh-out-loud funny. Just to give you an example, my favorite episode dealing with English reality is the one about the approaching wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
By the way, re-reading this novel made me think again about the difference between proper teenage-novels and young adult novels. But recommend good YA-novels to me - I'm sure they must exist, and I want to read them. But I guess I enjoyed and appreciated this novel more now than when I first read it as a teenager. On the other hand, there are half-hidden literary references as well, definitely directed at the reader — e.
Isn't this funny? I think it is. Jan 13, Lee Osborne rated it really liked it.
Interesting to read people's reactions to this. I was particularly struck by the few negative reviews - I think to fully appreciate this book, there's a few things you need to bear in mind. First and foremost, Adrian is an unreliable narrator. Much of the book's humour comes from how naive, clueless and slow on the uptake he is, even for a teenager.
I think if you take it at face value, you'll miss a great deal. I first read it when I was a kid, and totally didn't get it! As an adult, reading it Interesting to read people's reactions to this. Second, the book is rooted in a very particular place and time, and that's Britain in the early 80s. It really helps if you're familiar with British culture, politics and institutions, and also the turbulent things that happened under Thatcher's rule.
Again, if you're not au fait with these things, a lot will pass you by. I love Adrian Mole. I see a lot of my own teenage self in him, and I'm amazed that a middle aged woman could get into that character so utterly completely. Sue Townsend has created a fantastically enduring portrait of an ordinary boy struggling with the chaos around him, and his attempts to make sense of it all.
Yes, there isn't much of a "plot" as such, but there's an overall story to it all somehow, and lots of things happen, all observed to fantastic comedic effect. For all his naivety, every now and again Adrian will say something profound and deep, and the writing is a perfect balance of formal, earnest, clumsy and honest. The book has political overtones - the author was well known for her left-wing views - and it presents quite a sharp critique of what was going on in Britain at the time.
It's a world that feels surprisingly ancient now, so much has changed. I've read all the Mole books, and I've enjoyed them, although I'd say that the first two stand out as by far the best. I don't think Adrian ever matures into a particularly well-adjusted adult, and Townsend seems to turn into bit of a vengeful god towards him, heaping tragedy and humiliation onto him almost constantly.
But Teenage Mole is just perfect, and will always retain a special place in my heart. When I first started reading this novel in diary entries after seeing the ecstatic squibs, I found myself thinking, "Well, not laugh out loud funny, but mildly amusing Living north of London, Adrian is burdened in his view by two parents who don't get along and then do , a hope When I first started reading this novel in diary entries after seeing the ecstatic squibs, I found myself thinking, "Well, not laugh out loud funny, but mildly amusing Living north of London, Adrian is burdened in his view by two parents who don't get along and then do , a hopelessly traditional grandmother, a rigid authoritarian school master, a bully and the love of his young life, Pandora, who is "dead beautiful" and "dead smart.
Adrian is special because he is both unique and utterly typical. He is impulsive, but also constantly makes lists. He is lustful, but loyal. He is cowardly and courageous, circumstances depending. Next year I could be in a children's home. Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life.
Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful' Heat. One of literature's most endearing figures. Mole is an excellent guide for all of us. Marvellous, touching and screamingly funny. John Lewis-Stempel is the author and editor of numerous books.
He lives with his family in Herefordshire where he farms rare-breed cattle. John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. He lives with his wife and two children in Herefordshire, where the last of England runs into Wales. His many previous books include Fatherhood: An Anthology and D-Day: As They Saw It. Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in Despite not learning to read until the age of eight, leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications and having three children by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she always found time to read widely.
She also wrote secretly for twenty years. After joining a writers' group at The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, she won a Thames Television award for her first play, Womberang, and became a professional playwright and novelist. Sue passed away in at the age of sixty-eight. She remains widely regarded as Britain's favourite comic writer.
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Children's Children's 0 - 18 months 18 months - 3 years 3 - 5 years 5 - 7 years 7 - 9 years 9 - 12 years View all children's. Puffin Ladybird. Authors A-Z. Featured Authors.My mother says it is the sort of book that changes your life. April 27 I have received another letter from MJ. A man of forty not knowing where the bus stop is! The Wilderness Years Sue Townsend.
Tuesday January 13th My father has gone back to work. I can overlook the fact that Pandora smokes five Benson and Hedges a day and has her own lighter. I asked him what it was and he showed me. I've never experienced a greater sense of recognition than when reading The Secret Diary. Speaking of school, bullying is also another problem that Adrian has to deal with, but he grimly accepts it as part of his lot in life.
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